Love Your Neighbor
1 John 2:15-17
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; 16 for all that is in the world—the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever.
John is writing to the body of believers about this difficult issue. The Bible is clear that we are to love God and love neighbor. But it’s not always easy, is it?
Part of the problem is that our love of other things can get in the way. Our love for our freedom, for our country, for a sports team or even for our school can muddy things up. And then love for our car, for our home, or even for ice cream can get in the way.
The issue is that these things sometimes get in the way of our love for God and neighbor. It may be that they just distract us or keep us busy. But it may also be that having that love means that we avoid growing in our love for God.
This spring I have paid more attention than usual to the arrival of spring. I noticed that the sap was running (thanks to Jim’s tree tapping), I noticed the buds and then the tine leaves and now I see the fully leafed maple tree outside my study window. And it occurs to me that like a plant, we are either growing or dying. Like a tree, there may be times where we hunker down and wait for “wintery” times to pass. And, maybe this time of outwaiting the devastation that would come if we went about our pre-COVID19 lives, all you can do is hunker down with your faith. But maybe also this time could be a time of increased prayer; more frequent or longer or a different kind of prayer.
One thing I would ask while we are not meeting together is that you pray for each person in the church. Some of you will be able to do this in a single day. Some may pray for one person or one family a day or a week. Any way you can do this is a tangible demonstration that you are loving God and loving neighbor.
Will you join me?